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Morgana Post number 23610 Posted: 22nd July 2017     Subject: Turkey/Amnesty International: launches campaign for release
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Turkey/Amnesty International: Amnesty launches campaign for release of AI Turkey chairman
June 16, 2017

Amnesty launches campaign for release of AI Turkey chairman

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) has launched a campaign for urgent action against the recent imprisonment of Taner Kılıç, a lawyer and the chairman of AI Turkey’s board.
AI kicked off the campaign on Twitter on June 14 to support Kılıç, calling for his release, with the hashtag #FreeTanerKılıç.

Since then, members of the organization have been sending messages of solidarity by taking photos with #FreeTanerKılıc signs and posting them on social media.
Kılıç is a founding member of AI Turkey and has been chairman of its board of directors since 2014. He has also played a strong role in advocating for refugee rights as a lawyer and with domestic nongovernmental groups and others working on these issues.

He is accused of using the ByLock smartphone application.

ByLock is considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The group denies any involvement. ... country-head

https://www.turkishminu ... ey-chairman/

http://www.hurriyetdail ... ewsCatID=409 ... 0a1d990a9c0f (FRANCAIS)

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Morgana Post number 23611 Posted: 22nd July 2017     Subject:
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Also - from Amnesty Int. Netherlands - now about Idil Eser...

De directeur van Amnesty Turkije Idil Eser en andere mensenrechtenactivisten zitten nog altijd vast. Roep de EU op om hun vrijlating te eisen.

Idil Eser, directeur van Amnesty Turkije, werd op 5 juli met negen andere activisten opgepakt tijdens een workshop. Vier van hen zijn op borgtocht vrijgelaten, maar het onderzoek tegen hen blijft lopen.
Alle tien worden verdacht van ‘een misdaad gepleegd uit naam van een terroristische organisatie zonder er lid van te zijn. ’ Eser blijft in voorarrest en ook de voorzitter van Amnesty Turkije, Taner Kılıç, zit nog gevangen.

EU-commissaris Johannes Hahn heeft zich duidelijk uitgesproken voor onmiddellijke vrijlating van Idil, Taner en de anderen. Op 25 juli zal zijn collega Federica Mogherini, de Hoge Vertegenwoordiger voor Buitenlands Zaken van de EU,
de Turkse minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu ontmoeten in Brussel.

We roepen haar op om namens de EU de vrijheid van Idil, Taner en de anderen te eisen. Zo maakt de EU de belofte waar om mensenrechtenactivisten te steunen.

ENGLISH: ... s-in-turkey/

They have dedicated their lives to fighting for our rights. Now it's time we stand up for theirs.

Amnesty Turkey Director İdil Eser was among 10 human rights defenders detained while attending a human rights workshop on 5 July. They are suspected, without grounds, of ‘committing crime in the name of a terrorist organization
without being a member'. Six of them have been remanded in pre-trial custody and four have been bailed.

Their detention follows the arrest of Amnesty Turkey Chair Taner Kiliç, who has been imprisoned since 6 June on the absurd suspicion of being a member of an ‘armed terrorist organization’. The Turkish government is abusing its power,
deliberately making the country a dangerous place for people who speak out for human rights.

These brave activists have been detained for no reason except for their belief in human rights. While they are behind bars, we will march for them. While they are gagged, we will speak out for them.

Solidarity with human rights defenders, 13 July 2017
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